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SILICON VALLEY CULTURAL CENTER

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
During the Architectural design process we searched for a building type that will represent Silicon Valley as the best innovation center in the world. In order to achieve our goals, it was important for us to understand the history of Silicon Valley, tribes that reside in the area, San Jose History, culture and demographics. Once we understood the history, we realized that the building had to represent the present, past and future of Silicon Valley in order to honor people that have contributed to make Silicon Valley successful.

CONCEPTUAL SKETCHES

We believe a Cultural Center is the best solution to harbor the history of Silicon Valley by nurturing culture, innovation and art of current and future generations. Our design intent is to show how Silicon Valley has evolved since its inception thru the years by putting history events in cooking basket to preserve them as native tribes all around the world used to do with food. By doing this art will become food for the soul and Silicon Valley will be known as the best innovation and art center in the world.

CONCEPT
The Silicon Valley concept is native tribe cooking basket made of sedge root, the San Jose Light Tower will be inside the basket to represent a major history event in the San Jose area. The cooking basket will evolve to become the Silicon Cultural Center; the building will connect the east side with the west side of the site with an exhibition bridge wing. The pattern and shapes represents the pattern use in these baskets. The San Jose Tower will become a sculptural piece hanging from the Silicon Cultural Center bridge to connect Confluence Point in a spiritual manner, the sculpture will be floating above the weavers gift and represents the past, the present is represented with the building and the future the sky.

CONCEPTUAL DIAGRAMS

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BRIDGE
PROMINENT WINDS

AREA OF WORK

GREEN AREA AREA OF WORK
3

CONNECTING BRIDGE

GREEN AREA AREA OF WORK
4

SPACE ANALYSIS

CULTURAL PLAZA GREEN AREA COMMERCIAL AREA OPEN AREA VENUE
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PEDESTRIAN ACCESS

ENTRY PLAZA
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EXISTING TRAIL FUTURE TRAIL

TRAIL DIAGRAM

VIEWS DIAGRAM

SITE ANALYSIS DIAGRAMS

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VIEWS TO BRIDGE BDG VIEWS TO LOW RISE BDG
B

ENVIRONMENTAL APROACH



Green Roof which not only is high albedo

but also the shape of the building helps visually

connect back to the nature.



Low flow fixtures



High recycle content materials



Material selection with consideration to

carbon reduction / carbon neutral potential



Effective refrigerant management

Healthy and Resilient materials



Low global warming potential materials



Low mold risk material and construction

technique



Low VOC, no formaldehyde and no spray

polyurethane foam



Consistent filtered fresh air



EPD certification on materials

Net Zero Energy Path



Fully electric



Low energy consuming equipment and

appliances. Energy star rated if applicable



Led lighting



Robust thermal insulation for envelope.



Robust insulation for duct work and hot

water pipes.



Triple glaze curtain walls for higher ther-

mal and sound insulation



Efficient heating cooling and ventilation.



Automated natural ventilation



Smart plugs



Design elements to Maximized solar

harvesting area on site with use of anti reflective

coating solar cell on the south facing façade and

bridge roof top.



Off site renewable sources/credits



Explore geothermal potential on site.

AUTUM ST
CLROESEGKATOS

HN ST ST JO
PLAZA

PLAZA

` EVENT
AREA

BRIDGE STRIAN PEDE

COMMERCIAL ENTRY PLAZA

CULTURAL CENTER BRIDGE BUILDING

EXISTING

EXISTING
WATER FEATURE

ENTRY STAIRS

CONFLUENCE POINT
A ST CLAR SANTA

PE DALU GUARIVER

WATER FEATURE
PLAZA

VERTICAL CIRCULATION COMMERCIAL AND BOH
FLOOR PLAN - LEVEL 1
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VERTICAL CIRCULATION CULTURAL CENTER GREEN ROOF
FLOOR PLAN - LEVEL 2
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1
SITE PLAN

Robust thermal and sound enclosure

Anti glare solar panels

Anti glare solar panels and BIPVs

SUN PATH

VERTICAL CIRCULATION CULTURAL CENTER
FLOOR PLAN - LEVEL 3
E

VERTICAL CIRCULATION CULTURAL CENTER
FLOOR PLAN - LEVEL 4
F

VERTICAL CIRCULATION CULTURAL CENTER

VERTICAL CIRCULATION CULTURAL CENTER

FLOOR PLAN - BRIDGE LEVEL 1

FLOOR PLAN - BRIDGE LEVEL 2

SCHEMATIC FLOOR PLANS

ISOMETRIC VIEW

ISOMETRIC VIEW

GUADALUPE FWY
E DALUP GUARIVER

SKY (FUTURE)
200’ MUSEUM EXPOSITION AREA (PRESENT) HANGING SCULPTURE WEAVERS GIFT SCULPTURE (PAST)
SECTION AT SCULPTURE/BRIDGE
NORTH ELEVATION
EAST ELEVATION
WEST ELEVATION

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